Dallas Bleisure At Its Finest

Upcoming business trip to Dallas, Texas? As headquarters to Fortune 500 companies like Southwest Airlines and Exxon Mobil and home to a world-class convention center, Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the greatest metropolitan cities in the southern United States for conducting business.

But is business all you came to the Big D for? Don't feel guilty about mixing work with play--you're in good company. According to Chase Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card Survey, approximately 85 percent of business travelers squeeze in leisure time during their work trips. Hence, the creation of the "bleisure" concept.

If you've got the same idea, check out these must-do activities on your next business trip to Dallas.

History

Dallas bleisure is not complete without a pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza. The Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the conspiratorial assassination of President John F. Kennedy, even offering a harrowing view of the 'X' in the street below that indicates exactly where the former president was shot.

Museums are a great choice for a history refresher or for entertaining and educating the family if you brought them along for the trip. Other noteworthy stops, according to TripAdvisor reviewers, include The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and The Dallas Holocaust Museum.

Culture, Music and Art

On your next "bizcation," gather a few colleagues or reach out to friends or family in the local area to catch a concert, festival or art exhibit. Good venues for concerts include the Starplex Pavilion for outdoor shows, the American Airlines Center for headliners and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for orchestra performances.

Must-see art exhibitions can be found downtown in the country's largest arts district, featuring key locations like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Sports

When visiting Dallas for business, be sure to sync your business trip with the football season so you can make a detour to AT&T Stadium and cheer on the city's beloved Cowboys. Basketball fans might enjoy a Dallas Mavericks game, baseball enthusiasts might drive over to nearby Arlington for a Rangers game and hockey supporters can catch the Dallas Stars in action.

Restaurants and Bars

Blur the lines between business and pleasure by going on a culinary tour around the Big D. The area is known especially for its barbecue, steakhouses and Tex-Mex, so be sure to try out a few top choices in each category.

For nightlife and adult beverages, consider Parliament, a popular option for its ritzy ambiance and unique craft beer options. Fun-loving, cider-drinkers might enjoy a visit to Bishop Cidercade, where you can select from 24 ciders and more than 150 arcade games.

Nature

Combine business travel with relaxing time in the great outdoors. The greater Dallas area features a wide range of nature parks and attractions where you can hike, fish or cycle. Among dozens of choices, standouts include Klyde Warren Park and White Rock Lake Park. Enjoy floral displays in spring or amazing pumpkin presentations in the fall at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Or, make like a real cowboy and ride horses for the day.

Shopping

If your idea of blowing off steam translates to retail therapy, the city of Dallas can certainly satiate the shopaholic in you. Stimulate the local economy by dropping by one of the many shopping malls in the area, like NorthPark Center or Galleria Dallas. You might also consider spending a lovely weekend morning or afternoon browsing offerings at the Dallas Farmers Market.

For more ideas of how to spend your extra time in Dallas, check out the official Visit Dallas Facebook page.

Thinking about spending extra time in the area on your next Dallas business trip? Let us know in the comments below!